sleep health

By Dave Muoio 01:28 pm October 9, 2019
Medicare Advantage plan reimbursing for Apple Watches. Startup Medicare payer Devoted Health will be offering Apple Watches to its members as a fitness benefit, according to a report from CNBC that MobiHealthNews confirmed with the company. Devoted Health wrote in its marketing materials that it will be covering $150 of the cost of “wearable devices like an Apple Watch” per year alongside other...
By Laura Lovett 02:59 pm October 2, 2019
At the beginning of the week Sleep Data, a California-based company best known for its positive airway pressure (PAP) system, announced that it raised $6 million in growth funding for its virtual care platform BetterNight. The investment comes from HCAP Partners, a debt and private equity firm, based in California.  WHAT THEY DO BetterNight is a digital tool catered to people with sleep apnea,...

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By Dean Koh 01:11 am September 30, 2019
Fitbit and Taiwan-based diabetes management app Health2Sync announced last week that Fitbit health, sleep and fitness data can now be integrated with the Health2Sync app to support Health2Sync’s 360,000 users in Taiwan and Japan to better manage their diabetes. The voluntary integration of Fitbit data with the Health2Sync platform gives users who have a Fitbit account access to an in-app...
By Laura Lovett 03:56 pm September 17, 2019
Royal Philips’ new sleep apnea product is ditching the traditional CPAP mask. Dubbed NightBalance, the system instead relies on a soft wearable device that is worn across the user’s chest when they go to sleep.  The device gives off a vibration alerting the user when they should change sleep positions. The tool is wireless and connected to a companion app, which monitors use. It also give both...

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By Dean Koh 02:23 am September 17, 2019
AIA, the largest public listed pan-Asian life insurance group, yesterday announced in Singapore a new initiative designed to help combat sleep deprivation – a critical health issue in Asia. The initiative has a hashtag called #OneMoreHour, aims to raise awareness about the health benefits associated with getting sufficient sleep. As part of the initiative, AIA has also introduced updates to its...

Above photo: Louis Lye, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Fitbit. Credit: Fitbit

By Dean Koh 12:00 am September 6, 2019
At the sidelines of the launch of the Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Aria Air in Singapore yesterday, Louis Lye, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Fitbit, shared its sleep insights on Singaporeans, who have an average nightly sleep of 7 hours 5 minutes are the third most sleep deprived after Japanese and Indians (who get an average sleep of 6 hours 47 minutes and 7 hours 1 minute respectively). Based...
By Dave Muoio 12:13 pm May 29, 2019
The summer of 2016 was dominated by a digital wellness app that few saw coming: Pokémon Go, a mobile game that used GPS and augmented reality to encourage players to explore real-world locations. And while the initial spike of mainstream consumer interest dropped off within a few months, The Pokémon Company and app developer Niantic (a Google spinout) have gradually won players back with content...
By Dave Muoio 10:50 am April 24, 2019
Onera Health, an at-home sleep diagnostics startup spun out of research center imec, has raised $9.3 million in Series A funding. The round led by Jazz Pharmaceuticals and imec.xpand, with additional participation from imec, BOM and other unnamed investors. WHAT THEY DO Onera’s in-development diagnostic platform is centered on disposable monitor patches. The product is pitched as an alternative...
By Laura Lovett and Jonah Comstock 11:16 am March 26, 2019
With constant interruptions and vital checks, getting a good night of sleep in the hospital can be a challenge for patients.  But a recent EarlySense study conducted at the University of Chicago found that using the company’s contact-free remote monitoring system as an alternative to waking patients up for vital check throughout the night led to better sleep and satisfaction for patients.  “What...
By Dave Muoio 02:44 pm March 18, 2019
Over the last week, San Francisco-based Vida Health’s consumer and member digital health coaching programs have seen the rollout of a personalized behavior recommendation and reminder tool powered by machine learning. In addition, the company is announcing later today a new coaching program focused on healthy sleeping, both as a standalone offering and as a module supporting its other services...